To make hummingbird nectar simply boil the water, remove from the heat, add the sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Let the mixture cool completely, then pour into your hummingbird feeder.
Start keeping an eye on your feeder because once these beautiful birds realize there’s sweet sugar water for them to drink they’ll start visiting your feeder as often as possible.
Hummingbirds may be some of the smallest birds in the world, but fluttering those tiny wings can be quite a workout. Flapping away at up to 90 beats per second burns up calories fast; to maintain their momentum, hummingbirds need to eat—a lot! To satisfy their speedy metabolisms, these busy birds consume half their body weight in bugs and nectar, feeding every 10-15 minutes and visiting 1,000-2,000 flowers per day.
You can help these hardworking foragers get the nutrients they need by providing them with their favorite post-workout meal—nectar. This hummingbird sweet treat can be made right at home with a few simple ingredients. By filling your feeder with this DIY delight, you can complement nectar-rich plants and watch these beautiful little birds feed and flitter all day.
Hummingbirds eat a variety of different things, but the food they are most attracted to in many birders’ yards is a basic hummingbird nectar recipe. This recipe approximates the natural sucrose content of top nectar-producing flowers and can easily be added to a hummingbird feeder to offer the birds a healthy, nutritious, and easily digestible source of energy and calories.
Watching hummingbirds play in the garden is one of the most pure and simple pleasures in life, IMHO! We are fortunate to have dozens of these quirky beautiful birds in our garden, and I absolutely adore them. Hummingbirds are drawn to our yard because of the vast array of flowering plants we grow – some just for them!
They are also attracted to the hanging feeder full of homemade hummingbird food that we provide. Homemade hummingbird food is very easy and inexpensive to make. It is also better for the birds than pre-made hummingbird food that often contains chemical dyes and preservatives!
As you can see, hummingbirds are essentially tiny balls of pure energy. Given their incredible metabolism, hummingbirds need to consume a significant amount of food each day to maintain their body weight and health – and we can help with that!
Adding a hummingbird feeder to your garden, balcony, or other outdoor space is one excellent way to provide hummingbirds with a steady supply of food. Made of only sugar and water, our simple homemade hummingbird food recipe closely mimics natural flower nectar. Nectar provides hummingbirds with essential carbohydrates, but is not all they eat.
Hummingbirds also eat tiny insects and spiders for protein and other nutrients, and are also known to eat tree sap! The small amounts of pollen they inadvertently consume while sipping on nectar also provides a little protein to their diet as well.